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The cosmopolitan resort of Cancun is Mexico’s first purpose-built tourist resort. After recognising the importance of the tourist trade to the future of the country’s economy, the Mexican government set about finding the perfect location for a holiday hotspot. With its crystal clear waters, tropical weather and pristine beaches, Cancun was the obvious choice.

Considered by locals to be the gateway to the Mayan world, Cancun has had to find a balance between modern and ancient cultures and attractions, whilst respecting its roots as a humble fishing village.

Traditional local restaurants and businesses still operate between the towering hotels and complexes which cater to tourists who travel from far and wide to descend on Cancun every year.

A favourite amongst American students on ‘Spring Break’, the resort is famous for its party scene, drawing in thousands of revellers between March and April each year.

However, if you’re looking for a family break, an adventure holiday or even the perfect honeymoon getaway spot, Cancun has something to offer you.

A holiday to Cancun can be as action packed or laid back as you want it to be. With an abundance of things to do and places to see, the intrepid explorer will feel just as at home in Cancun as those who want to simply bake on the beach and dip their toes in the turquoise water.

 

For the water babies, Cancun offers water sports of every variety. Snorkelling and scuba diving are extremely popular due to the fantastic coral reefs, home to all kinds of underwater creatures, which can be explored just off shore.

 

If you prefer your escapades on land however, adventure tours through the Mexican jungle are also a popular tourist attraction. Glide down some of the longest zip wires in Latin America and take in the breath taking views from the air, or crash through the brush in an open-topped jeep!

 

No visit to the Yucatan region of Mexico would be complete without taking a moment to step back in time to the ancient Mayan civilisation. Recently named as one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World, Kukulkan Pyramid in ancient Chichen Itza really is worth visiting for a taste of culture.

 

Cancun also boasts 5- world class golf resorts and a number of spas for those planning to take things a bit easier. A favourite destination among honeymooners, prepare to fall in love with the magic and beauty of Cancun.

Fiery chillies, messy fajitas and delicious nachos are all classic examples of Mexican cuisine. You can find restaurants serving all of these in Cancun, yet with a Yucatan spin on the traditional flavours, unique to the area.

 

Yucatetan cuisine has a decidedly European influence, making the curries milder yet the range of herbs and spices used even broader, creating delectable dishes you simply have to try!

 

Naturally, with the arrival of the tourist trade, the region opened its doors to restaurateurs from every corner of the globe. Chinese, Indian, Italian, English and even fine dining restaurants can be found in Cancun, catering for everyone’s tastes (and budgets!)

 

Stereotypically famous for its hangover inducing tequilas, Cancun has embraced Mexico’s tipple of choice, and made it stomachable to the standard tourist.

 

Cocktails are the flavour of choice in Cancun, serving up everything from tequila sunrises to daiquiris, and classic Cuban mojitos to margaritas, all with a Mexican twist!

Location of Cancun

Key Facts

  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Mexican Peso, American Dollar
  • Time Difference from UK: -6
  • Flight time: London: 11.5 hours
  • When to go: March - October